Leading Shoe Warehouse SRI Shoes Celebrates 22 Years in Business
Stuart and Barbara Rosenberg founded SRI Shoes, which features name brand shoes for everyone, in 1991 out of their garage with hopes of a “no frills” warehouse full of shoes. The company is celebrating its 22nd birthday this month. SRI has a location in Greensboro at 3721 Battleground Ave. It all began in 1991 in a warehouse off Old Wake Forest Road in Raleigh, NC. “The original concept was to sell women’s shoes in a 15,000 square foot warehouse and to be open on Fridays and Saturdays. We added Sundays pretty quickly, and then added 10,000 more square feet plus men’s and kids shoes,” says Stu Rosenberg. SRI Shoes expanded to Reisterstown (Baltimore), Maryland in 1994 and Greensboro, North Carolina in 1998. Growth continued at a fast rate, and SRI Shoe Warehouse soon outgrew the space in Raleigh. Rosenberg built its current 40,000 square foot location at 6031 Oak Forest Drive in Raleigh in 2000. SRI Shoes’ number one goal for the past 22 years has simply been to provide great shoes at great prices. At SRI, shoppers find rows and rows of more than 45,000 pairs of brand name designer shoes for men, women and kids, plus handbags and accessories at prices up to 60% off everyday retail. By keeping overhead expenses low in the warehouse and through inventory deals, Stu Rosenberg is able to keep retail costs down and pass the savings on to the customer. “My niche is in knowing the markets that I do business in, and being small enough to get great deals that larger companies can’t move on quickly,” says Rosenberg. It’s been said that Rosenberg “has the eye” for styles that will be popular. He describes the “eye” as one part feel and one part experience. “I have an instinct for where things are going, and what looks good, what’s fashionable but doesn’t go too far. A good reputation helps in finalizing deals in the industry and being the first to be notified when great opportunities become available.” A family owned and operated business, Stuart and Barbara Rosenberg’s daughter Samantha Rosenberg Griffin now works in the business as well. Samantha is the women’s shoe buyer and is launching the online division of SRI Shoes, http://www.shoeflake.com. SRI Shoe Warehouse strives to offer outstanding values on shoes for its customers, a rewarding work environment for its employees and to be a good corporate citizen. SRI Shoe Warehouse gives generously to Souls 4 Soles, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes. About SRI Shoe Warehouse: Launching in 1991, SRI Shoes is family owned and operated with store locations in Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina and in Baltimore, Maryland. SRI offers the best prices (up to 60% off everyday retail), style (name brand designers) and selection (over 45,000 pairs) of men’s, women’s and children’s footwear. For more information about SRI Shoe Warehouse, visit http://www.srishoes.com.